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a Forward. proctor of the Bullingdon Club, retired Barrister. Once ran 100 meters unassisted.

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The power of '1' - an ontology of numbers

I must acknowledge Bluesfan, who germinated these thoughts, and apologise to Wilbur Smith – this is no story of the courage of a single person in the face of oppression and adversity, or the conversion of a drop of water into a waterfall – this is a story of the numbers, plain and simple.

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Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

I worked with a group of Englishmen who introduced me to Fantasy English Premier League – I performed poorly until I learned that picking a side to win a fantasy league is entirely different to picking a side to win an actual game.

Cheika’s game plan:

“On attacking line-outs, 7 will move to 13 in anticipation of 2, who’s a 23, gifting the ball to the opposition, thereby cunningly providing the opportunity to counter-attack, in which case 14’s skills come in to play, once he has retreated from the 12 position.

15 will play at 14, and 14 will play 15, but, in defence, 15 at 12 on attack – except counter-attack, when the 12, who is a 10, is filling in for 10 who is a 12, except for set pieces.

9 will play a defensive role, except in attack.

14, the right wing, will play left wing on kick off but right wing for a 22. But 14 must move to left wing when 11, who is the left wing, is chasing a re-start from the 22.

7 will play at 8, except when 7 is playing 11 or 14, which will be between minutes 23 and 32, and when 15, who is playing 14 is actually playing 12.

On defensive set pieces, 10 will move to 12, and 7 to 3, except for line-outs.”

MC = Absolute friggn’ joke.

Cheika denies O’Connor’s World Cup claims

A lot of very logical suggestions in this well researched piece Joe. However, 2022 is 18 months away. The ARUs capacity to mobilise itself and effect any change let alone the global shifts you propose is honestly impossible. It lacks the leadership, executive horsepower, skills and money.

Most importantly, the ARU lacks respect and influence.

It ain’t going to happen.

My fearless predictions for rugby in 2022 and beyond

Al Baxter, Rob Simmonds, Bernard Foley got votes. Proves Roar readers havent lost their sense of humour!!

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

If Beale is not dropped until his performance improves then this proves Keith’s point – the remainder of the team will not feel they are accountable either, and that’s the slippery slope of a poisonous culture.

Are the Waratahs a symbol of an ordinary workplace?

Very amusing – clever!!!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

100% Fumbles…..

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

touche bro!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Fair enough. What Hooper does is subject to intense, probably unfair scrutiny. I’m 57.5% against him, 22.3% in favour, remainder undecided, irrespective how he plays, he’s never better than 50%. Same rating as the Tahs overall, except for byes.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Yep. Not the destination, just the journey!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

The only three things Skelton cleaned out simultaneously were Mrs Macs.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Wasn’t trying to win an argument just saying folks views on Hooper are polarised. Refer answer to Mzikazi below.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

The issue with Hooper is I like and loathe him. First Crusaders try after the break he just bounced off the Crusaders player like a rag doll- this led directly to their try. Make no mistake his has my admiration but I was just making the point that he is a polarising player. But there are no “ absolutisims” – he’s neither the best not the worst!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Commitment is not enough!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

One could also argue he is the least effective 7 in the world.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

I was on a boring phone conference when I read your comment and burst out laughing!! LOUD.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 4

Irrespective of the money and let’s assume it was $0, the fact that RA got his dismissal so wrong and even had to apologise means they comprehensively stuffed up.

Why everyone got it wrong about Rugby Australia and Israel Folau

Don’t disagree at all. It’s usually the CEO that proposes the strategy, often working closely with the Chair who canvasses the board so that the CEO isn’t totally embarrassed. All very cosy really.

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

And, Clyne interviewed by Ben fordham on Friday said the settlement was unanimously endorsed by the Boards of RA and NSW.

NOT the CEO acting alone.

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

Agree. Folau thinks he is beyond reproach.

The last column about Israel Folau ever, I promise

100% agree JCM – lazy and self indulgent. And now, bigoted fundamentalist.
so, just for the record:
https://www.theroar.com.au/2017/08/22/israel-folau-rugbys-overrated-player/

The last column about Israel Folau ever, I promise

or Kearns.

Martin: Folau settlement like a Christmas present

Agree 100% tactical.

David Pocock bemused by Israel Folau's captaincy claim

Here are the some of the important numbers from 2018 audited accounts:
Income
Broadcasting $60M
Sponsorships $28M (Down by $3M from 2017 – mainly Force sponsorship)
Matchday receipts $20M (Down by $3M from 2017 due to weaker attendance)

Expenses
Wallaby team costs $10M
National 7s Team costs $6M
Super Rugby funding $25M (Down by $2M due to Force axing)
Player payments $16M (decreased by $8M due to Force axing)
High performance National Teams $$9M (mainly staff costs to support programs)
Community Rugby $4M
Corporate $15M

doesnt tell usn much, but the author of this piece was a little wooly so i though id have a look…

Money matters a huge concern for Castle and RA

This is true – I had never considered it’s a long term ploy to subtly subjugate us. In 1983, the 1st grade side I played in Oz with had 13 kiwis….

we’re done for!!

Here’s a great idea: Let’s stop playing the All Blacks